Minister thanks Culture volunteers

City of Culture Volunteers, Zoe Logue, Lauren Kennedy, David Prince, Rory O'Donnell, Sean Sweeney and Sarah McDevitt pictured at a reception in the City Hotel. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.01.14
City of Culture Volunteers, Zoe Logue, Lauren Kennedy, David Prince, Rory O'Donnell, Sean Sweeney and Sarah McDevitt pictured at a reception in the City Hotel. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 31.01.14
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Zoe Logue, Lauren Kennedy, David Prince, Rory O’Donnell, Sean Sweeney and Sarah McDevitt.

Speaking at a special event in the City Hotel, the Minister said: “Without the help and dedication of the City of Culture volunteers, many of the events, workshops and community activities may not have happened.”

Volunteering, she said, had been a crucial part of staging the City of Culture.

“I would like to thank everyone who got involved and made 2013 the amazing year it was.

“I am sure each person has taken something away from their time as a volunteer - be it a new skill, lifelong memories or new friends. I hope these positive experiences will encourage them to carry on with their volunteer work in the future.”

The Minister said that, as 2014 progress, “we must now look to build on the investment and benefits of the 2013 City of Culture.”

“I want to widen the focus out from Derry to Strabane, Limavady and Coleraine, including co-operation with Donegal. I have already announced I will provide funding to Neighbourhood Renewal Areas to support the delivery of cultural strategies and develop the cultural life of communities, providing greater opportunities for people to participate in a range of cultural and educational activities.

“My Department is in the process of establishing a new office in the city and I am setting up a company to take forward my strategic vision for developing on the success of 2013.

“In line with my priorities, the benefits from the 2013 City of Culture can continue to be built upon, enhanced and enjoyed by all, Particularly, those individuals living in the most deprived areas.”